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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Eduardo Peñalver Named Dean of Cornell Law School

PenalverEduardo M. Peñalver, John P. Wilson Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, has been named Dean of Cornell Law School, effective July 1:

Peñalver, who received his B.A. from Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1994 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1999, joined the Cornell faculty in 2006 and the Chicago faculty in 2013. He taught at Fordham Law School from 2003 to 2006 and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Yale law schools.

Upon completing law school, he clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Between college and law school, Peñalver studied philosophy and theology as a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford.

Praised by colleagues as an important, passionate, and brilliant scholar, Peñalver has had his work on property law published in scholarly law journals at Yale University, the University of Michigan, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is considered to be a leading voice in the “progressive property” movement. His research explores how property law creates or reinforces communal bonds and how property rights mediate the relationship between individuals and communities.

Peñalver and his wife, Sital Kalantry ’94, met as undergraduates at Cornell. She will be returning to the law school as a clinical professor; currently Kalantry is a clinical professor at the University of Chicago Law School and founder and director of its International Human Rights Clinic. Together they have two children.

(Hat Tip: Victoria Schwartz.)

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This guy is in for a tougher ride than he thinks. Chicago was a school that will never feel the effects of declining enrollment. Cornell is a different story. There is a disporportionate reduction of applicants among the top LSAT scorers. The few remaining will all flock to the top 5-10 schools. Cornell will slide out of the top echelon, which will precipitate a downward spiral.

Posted by: JM | Mar 19, 2014 6:53:44 AM